Monday, 20 August 2018

Historic climate data revisited - 4 - polar is POpuLAR

Having explored polar maps here, here and here, was it ever a delight to find one of the earliest maps in that same projection! In This Is the World's Largest and Oldest Map, Culture Trip report how David Rumsey recreated a digital copy of a 1587 map from Milan in no less than 60 pieces:


While you peruse the stunning details of this work, let me give you an update: I'm moving on from professional GIS & mapping, reverting to volunteered geo info (VGI), while I go onto assisting disabled students for fee... I simply tired of working for free! That also means scaling back my megadata hosted on AWS preseted at PostGIS Day 2014, as well as those on AGOL where I'll let my subscription lapse. I'll return to giscloud.com, where I posted some maps almost a decade ago also.

My first renewed effort was to post the Arctic and Antarctic maps of this series, as well as make them available as coursework (note atop here). Below is its start on ESRI platform, from which giscloud.com has a clever uploader - it circumvents the geopackaging issue of uploading styles:

l: Antarctic S of -40lat. - r: Arctic N of 30lat. (explanation below)

The first one merged  Quantarctica described in Part 1 with CLIWOC originally posted on my old website and progressed on since. The second one decribed in Part 2 mirrored that exercise, which highlighted the power of conflated climate data from a historic perspective. Both are polar azimuthal and stereographic projections, from respectively the Norwegain Polar Iastitute and (US) National Geospatia Agency.
Polar projections make you choose what is up - the standard North no longer applies - so NGA centered on Alaska, and NPI put the Greenwich meridian at the top, but the Milanese put it at the bottom!
The Antarctic map posts south of 40 deg. S lat., again from Quantarctica, in order to capture as much of the southern continets as possible - the southern hemsiphere is mostly ocean, and thus potentially has the most ocean data, which is why I started there with CLIWOC tall ships weather data - also shown is the ice-shelf extent, the subject of so much debate in re: to climate change..

The Arctic map posts north of 50 deg. N lat. for several reasons: it captures most of the Arctic landmass and of the N European nations exploring or trading in it; but also it limits the tremendous amount of Caribbean traffic, part of the triangular trade described in my May 2015 Geohipster Calendar description. Finally the 200 mi. Exclusive Economic Zone hints at Arctic geopolitics.

A next instalment will show the live giscloud.com maps. I used them first 8½ years ago in another history series starting with Historic Fenlands  Mashup - mapping East Anglia since Domesday 1087!

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Comparative economics England & Wales since the Middle Ages

My latest post of the 7-part series Toward a rational View of Society on my personal Medium channel, follows my previous maps here of medieval & later drainage of the East Anglia Fens.I expanded a little on the economics in the concluding paragraph in this short presentation.

More polar 'map porn'

[I stole the second half of the title from Reddit group of same name.]

From previous blog posts here and here, let me share two more polar maps found via my favourite Facebook group Remembering the Franklin Expedition.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Historic climate data revisited - 3 - circum-Arctic update

In my previous blog, how many layers can be combined in an arresting polar Arctic view. They show the almost zero overlap of historic and current weather and climatic data. They herald the importance of oceanic climate data going back before 1880, when any weather data get scarce.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

"Horses for courses", part II

previous post here contrasted full professional workflows for petroleum geology students, with very simple analytical tools for a businessman looking to ascertain population density. As my subsequent posts show, I have an interest in Antarctic and Arctic maps, history and climate; you can see my case against the popular web Mercator for polar regions in this map story.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Historic climate data revisited - 2 - circum-Arctic

[Note: Follow-on class materials the last two blogposts generated are posted here.
Go also to section 5: Arctic / Antarctica GIS application, of 1000 GIS applications ]

Following on the Antarctic blogpost, I took my lessons-learned to the antipodes for these reasons:

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Historic climate data revisited - 1 - circum-Antarctic

[Update: please see a mirror project for the Arctic in Part 2.]

With ongoing debates whether Antarctic ice in increasing or not, and its effect on climate change, we must avail ourselves of as much data as we can. If historic climate data is at hand, not only do they get scarcer going farther back, but 1880 also marks a time prior to which their reliability falls off.

So having mapped climate data off tall ships captains logs from 1750 to 1850, I wondered how far south they sailed, and how much they augmented historic climate data around the Antarctic?

Friday, 16 March 2018

"Qui peut le plus, peut le moins" or "Horses for courses"

These quips mean that, while we may have great tools for complex workflows, such as Mapping Well Data I'll present as AAPG Visiting Geoscientist in Hungary next month, sometimes it's better to pare it down to its simplest form, such as for a friend "looking to map addresses to [a French geographic subdivision]".

Friday, 2 March 2018

Development of Spatial Grids and...

The Association for Geographic Information Geocom2017 gathered at the Geographical Society in London late last October. Its Lightning Talks showcased new ideas and businesses. I was invited there to challenge attendees "to think about the development of spatial grids and the structure of spatial data models". The presentation itself and thank-you letter were followed by a short report in GIS Professional scanned here:

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

GDPR revisited

I already wrote about GDPR from the perspective of helping users get started with using Mind Maps. The presentation wraps up with further help from LINQ I partnered with.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

My adventure with Storm Fionn

As Storm Fionn wrought chaos in England and Cambridge, here's my adventure in returning a rental car this morning.